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MG ZS Repair ~ Work now in progress

After much umming and arring, the family decided to have our beloved MG ZS repaired. Here are some before and work in progress pictures of the car including some on the jig. Note the new rear panel and boot floor component in one of the pictures. Some of the locations were 11mm 'out' and after correction on the jig, all were within 1mm of true. I have before and after computerised printouts of the jig readings.

They usually have a few old treasures in for restorations. Previous visits saw Ferraris and even the odd old MGB. Today's visit showed an old favourite of mine... a 1965 Jaguar S-Type in white....
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File Type: jpg MG ZS 120+ on the Jig 2.jpg (94.5 KB, 239 views)
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Good to see you can get it repaired John. Well done on saving a ZS from an untimely demise

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I like that John. MG looking sad for its self, another shot of the same, MG goes into the garrage for repair MG with its bent bum cut off, MG straightened up on the jig....BANG! MG turned into a Mk2 Jag! (or is it an S type????)
Looks like there doing a good job anyway
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good job getting it fixed

nice mk1 & 1/2 capri there on the ramp in the 3rd pic
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I like that John. MG looking sad for its self, another shot of the same, MG goes into the garrage for repair MG with its bent bum cut off, MG straightened up on the jig....BANG! MG turned into a Mk2 Jag! (or is it an S type????)
Looks like there doing a good job anyway
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Thats what i first thought...i saw the pics and thought thats a damn good conversion!!!!!!

Glad to see its being fixed! Another zed lives on!

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Hows the repair going ?
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Yes, as above, any more news or pics?
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Shall be checking it again on Monday next week on my next visit. Earlier this week the boot rear panel and floor pan was prepared prior to welding into the rear aperture. I was concerned that the slightly closed up trailing door shut lines of the rear passenger door would be difficult to rectify. I was pleased to see that this had been rectified surprisingly well prior to the rear panel being welded into the car.

More follows ... I'll get more pictures too.
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Here's the latest batch of work in progress pictures of my ZS taken today: The last picture shows a used hatch they will fit ~ it has already been fitted for alignment purposes but removed to facilitate painting which will commence shortly. By coincidence, the hatch came from a car supplied by the same dealership I bought the MG ZS from new. That Gloucester branch of the company has changed ownership and no longer caters for Rovers or MGs ~ not even new spares supply. However, the Stroud branch continues supplying MG-R/XPart parts as well as new Nissans and other stuff.
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Blimey John, who or what, hit it??
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VW...they seem to take a shine to zeds arses!
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John..... LOOK INTO MY EYES, LOOK INTO MY EYES - NOT AROUND THE EYES, DIRECTLY INTO MY EYES......1....2....3....YOU'RE UNDER........you will wake up tomorrow and decide to sell to Austin your silver MG Montego, for a very reasonable price..............when I snap my fingers, you will come round and follow my previous instructions..........*snap*
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John..... LOOK INTO MY EYES, LOOK INTO MY EYES - NOT AROUND THE EYES, DIRECTLY INTO MY EYES......1....2....3....YOU'RE UNDER........you will wake up tomorrow and decide to sell to Austin your silver MG Montego, for a very reasonable price..............when I snap my fingers, you will come round and follow my previous instructions..........*snap*
Cor Blyme mate ... where am I? That was a close call...

Checked car again today ~ got a couple more pictures ~ hard come by as car was in a spray booth with restricted access. Here they are ~ see attached:

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I'm watching this post constantly john! Its hard to believe that the car needed that much work as from the very first picture i thought, new bumper and boot etc!

Its looking very well done so far too. Keep us posted with pics on further progress!

Is it the way the camera took the picture or is that new paint a different blue from the trophy blue?

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Have the rear quarters been painted edge to edge john ?
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Have the rear quarters been painted edge to edge john ?
Not sure what exactly you mean. As far as I can see, all has been sprayed. If you compare the various pictures of the car at each stage, from those showing the car before any work at all was done, then with the rear bumper removed and then the whole of the boot floor and rear panel removed, you can see what has been replaced.

When I last checked they had just finished spraying the underside of the car. As far as I can tell, ALL the new and old panel work has had several coats of paint. Still some way to go paintwise including the clear coats. They've done several of my cars over the past two decades and they work to a good standard.

The panel assembly was spot welded as far as their spot welder could reach. Those areas out of reach were 'plug' welded. I gave up counting the welds when nearing 100! There are a lot! Repaired cars are never as nice as before the damage even when repaired to a high standard. However, there's no rush to get the car back ~ we have others ~ and without time constraints or pressures, they should do a better job ~ that's the theory anyway. The 'accident' happened on Mothers' Day IIRC ~ 18th March.

I drove the car after the accident with the bumper removed and because it drove so well, that played part in the decision to have it repaired and not sold for spares ~ which incidentally, would have shown a decent profit after buying back the car. For a start, my son offered 500 notes for the 1.8 engine ... well, he would wouldn't he ... no harm in asking ..

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I'm watching this post constantly john! Its hard to believe that the car needed that much work as from the very first picture i thought, new bumper and boot etc!

Its looking very well done so far too. Keep us posted with pics on further progress!

Is it the way the camera took the picture or is that new paint a different blue from the trophy blue?

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I believe the camera's flash has given the paint a bleached appearance from some closer angles. There was poor light in the spray booth. It looks better in the flesh.

They sourced a 'used' ZS bumper in good condition which had a slot cut out for the tow bar. They said they will fill the cut out and when painted in Trophy Blue it will look as new. I believe them but told them not to bother filling the cut slot ~ I will fit a Tow Bar to the ZS despite my son not having much appeal for the idea. ALL my cars have tow bars fitted mostly by myself and so far it's been a good deterant for inattentive drivers .... wished I'd have done what I wanted after all. Would have been a damage limitation at least I feel sure. Oh yes, thanks to good old ebay, I bought a 17" alloy as a spare (the car came without a spare! ) and that was in the boot at the time. It probably cushioned some of the impact. That silly little inflation bottle would not have done that...

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Real progress now ... Final stages.

At last ALL the parts are collected, sprayed and ready to assemble. The final part was the nearside rear light assembly ~ nobody had one but they got one off good old ebay ... car should be ready for collection next week.

Here attached are the pictures I took at 4 p.m. today ~ when rubbing down the used bumper prior to spraying ~ guess what ~ underneath the Anthracite was .... Trophy Blue.. Apparently it's not unknown for Car Makers to change the colours of components if they run short of one particular colour..
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File Type: jpg ZS PROGRESS 6-July-2007 No.4.jpg (73.8 KB, 76 views)
File Type: jpg ZS PROGRESS 6-July-2007 No.5.jpg (42.5 KB, 74 views)

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its looking good john , bet you will be glad to get it back eventually
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